I’m a little sad right now because…March means Autumn.
NO THANK YOU. I’d rather keep summer permanently (sorry but not even sorry to the rest of the world). I suffer in the cold. I do! My writerly fingers refuse to type.
So apart from glaring at the future, I’ve been reading and editing and categorising my ideas in colour-coded sticky-notes. I’m also faced with writing a synopsis for my latest book. That is so not fun.
Also: I finally saw The Giver movie! It is incredible. I don’t even blog about movies, but I’m going to post about this one because IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
But onwards, shall we?
I only slightly gnawed on the library, a fact of which I’m quite proud. I’m actually nearly on top of my TBR, can you believe?! I should reward myself…with books! (Wait.)
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutoski: The Aussie edition is red, the US edition is blue. I don’t know guys…they are both so beautiful. (Thank you Bloomsbury!)
- A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell: I won this from Allen & Unwin and read it already and…wow. It was severely depressing.
- Talon by Julie Kagawa: Because DRAGONS. Although I’ve heard it’s awful. So I’m nervous but…dragons. (Library)
- Ruins by Dan Wells: Oh look at me, finishing trilogies I started, like, nine million years ago. (Go Cait, we are so proud of you.) I confess, though, I’m only here to see if Kira picks Samm or Marcus.
- Upside Down by Lia Riley: Won this on twitter from Spec on Specfic!
- Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: I already read it and this is my favourite Oliver book EVER. Sisters. Destruction. Spaghetti. (Thank you Hachette!)
- Before the Fire by Sarah Butler: Thank you Macmillan! It sounds like Lemony Snicket’s biography. (JUST KIDDING.)
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: I assume, then, that if he’s only half a king, he’s basically Prince Charming? #bookwormlogic
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud: Treskie told me to read this and I’m a good friend and I read it. It’s hilarious. It involves a sassy demon and an unloved magician.
IN FEBRUARY, I READ 20 BOOKS
- BEST BOOK? Oh! Oh! It’s a toughie between Black Heart and Corruption and (obviously) the genius that is Fairest.
- WISH I’D NEVER READ? Ugh definitely Astonishing X-Men. Not only is the cover horrendous this is the most sexist and politically incorrect comic I’ve read. Seriously, don’t go there.
- DID I LAUGH? I LAUGHED AND SOB-LAUGHED (which is totally a thing) ALL THE WAY THROUGH CORRUPTION. And Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian got many giggles.
- COVER LOVE? Black Heart! I love those handdrawn covers so much. Although Extraction is beautiful.
- CHALLENGES? I’m participating in the Fairy Tale/Retelling Challenge, aaaaand I pretty much slacked off. But there is Fairest (Cinderella retelling) and Of Metal and Wishes (Phantom of the Opera retelling.) I’m not IN a finishing series challenge, BUT! I’ve completed 3 series this month! WOOT.
- MOST EATEN GENRE? Do you remember how last month I was overdosing on my favouriest genre? (Paranormal, obviously.) WELL. I expanded my horizons! I ate a lot of contemporary and sci-fi.
- RATINGS? As always, 3 and 4 stars are basically equal, although I only had three 5-star reads. That makes me sad. WAS I TOO HARD TO PLEASE THIS MONTH??
WHAT YOU LOVED ON THE BLOG
WHAT YOU CLICKED ON THE MOST:
- Valentine’s Day Quiz [This broke a billion page stat records and also hit 100+ comments. Woah!]
- Weekly Fury #42 [With news of To Kill A Mockingbird’s sequel!]
- Beautiful People #6, the Valentine’s Day Edition [You mushy, romantic writers]
- Dead Boys and Editing [It is beyond exciting that you peoples like to hear about my writing projects!]
INTRIGUING SEARCH RESULTS:
- Warner Morpheus [You’ve come to the right blog]
- nod in epic [I have no idea what this means, but it sounds exciting]
- next big genre ya [If you want my personal opinion, which you obviously do, it’s clearly going to be gritty contemporaries]
- john green is my hero papers [He’s my hero too. Let’s be friends.]
- the vamps shout about quotes [This sounds loud and somewhat obnoxious]
- i can write a bad review [Congratulations. I’m happy for you.]
- mare barrow pronunciation red queen [I read this too fast and now am only seeing “Bone Marrow”.]
- who does alyssa get with in ensnared [READ THE BOOK]
- villains who sews their enemies [So now I am just terrified…]
- why shouldn’t mulan wear yellow [I think it should be her choice. If she likes yellow, then she should wear yellow. Who is the world to dictate her choices of coloured clothing?]
THE TIME I DID NOT READ…
I’ve been editing all month. After drafting my NaNoWriMo book in, um, 7 days, it’s basically killing me to have been editing it for 30 days and still be nowhere near done. But my (sort of) policy is to write fast, edit slow. I can do this. I can do this. (I am so having a small breakdown.)
It also basically rained all month, to the point it was so damp our backyard sprouted Alice in Wonderland size mushrooms (I’m talking dinner-plate proportions, peoples) and my books warped in the 90% humidity. WHAT IS THIS. I also introduced mini book necklaces into my Etsy Store, of which you should go buy 1 or 12 because they’re awesome.
ELSEWHERE, ON THE INTERNET
- Sam @ Bookish Serendipity interviews a book cover designer!
- Mel @ YA Midnight Reads lists the warning signs we’re more obsessed with our OTPs than real life.
- Nara @ Looking for the Panacea asks what’s with all the miserable YA books about suicide?! (Pain demands to be feeeeelt.)
- Emily @ Loony Literate confesses she doesn’t always read reviews.
- Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections details what she likes to read on blogs.
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence asks if age impacts your reading?
- Beth @ The Quiet People read the Raven Boys because I told her too. Isn’t she wonderful? (Also her blog is just gorgeous so GO READ IT.)
- Amanda @ Of Spectacles and Books talks about ARCs and obligations.
- Engie @ Musings from Neville’s Navel lists some favourite fictional friendships.
- Veronica Roth is pleased with the Insurgent movie even if the trailer looks a little different. (I am pleased too. Basically because Four jumps in front of a train and that is awesome. Ahem. Excuse me.)
- Sarah J Maas announces the 4th Throne of Glass title: Queen of Shadows! And here I thought it’d be called Tears of Readers for sure. Dang.
- Natalie Whipple talks about book piracy and how it literally takes the cookie out of a kid’s mouth.
- AG HOWARD HAS ANNOUNCED MORE WONDERLAND. EXCUSE ME BUT THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OF MY LIFE.
- Kody Keplinger talks about The Duff in this little trailer. (I desperately want to see this movie. I liked the Duff before it was famous. YAY ME.)
- I stumbled on this marvellous article on pinterest of how not to be hated by an INTJ. I am an INTJ. Go read.
- PETER PAN, PEOPLES! PETER PAN. (Besides Alice in Wonderland, this is my favouritest classic in the world.)
Remember when I had a teeny tiny puppy named Atticus? BECAUSE I DON’T. I have a scruffy 4-month ratbag who actually smiles (when he’s about to get fed) and is losing teeth (which is totally gross) and raises his eyebrows at me (which is very rude). I taught him to shake hands! Pfft. Yes, let me be a proud puppy owner for a moment. ISN’T HE ADORABLE?!
(10 weeks) (4 months)